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Buckeye State reaches lowest health rank ever

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June 24, 2014

How healthy is living in Ohio? Unfortunately, the state’s overall health ranking has been on the decline since 2006, and 2013 marked the lowest ranking ever – #40 – for the state, as tabulated in America’s Health Rankings® by the United Health Foundation.

Why Ohio was ranked #40

Why does Ohio continue to slide? Lots of reasons, actually. The state ranks lower compared to most states on 22 of 30 health measurements in the annual analysis. The lowest rankings seem to be the Outcomes category where Ohio is close to the bottom of the pack on measurements of health issues such as diabetes, infant mortality, cardiovascular deaths, cancer deaths and premature death.

Is there good news? To be sure. Violent crime is on a five-year downward trend; physical inactivity is on the decline, and the prevalence of smoking is decreasing.

For more details see the United Health Foundation’s latest findings on Ohio.

Trust for America’s Health is another source for key Ohio health quality findings.

In addition, 2010’s federal health reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), included the creation of a prevention fund to provide more than $16 billion over the next 10 years to invest in effective, proven prevention efforts, like childhood obesity prevention and tobacco cessation, and the site has a report on how it impacts Ohio here.

Get local health results

State snapshot too large? Get county-by-county health rankings for Ohio, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin.

More Ohio resources

Ohio state health insurance exchange

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$11.3 million to 143,327 families

Insurance companies were forced to return an average of $139 per Ohio family in 2012.


Find out how your member of the Ohio Congressional delegation voted on health care.

OH state government resources

Ohio Children’s Health Insurance Program

Designed to provide increased access to health coverage for children in families with income too high to qualify for Medicaid (Title XIX) but too low to afford private…

Ohio consumer guide to health insurance

A PDF published by the Ohio Department of…

Ohio Department of Health

Deals with many issues affecting health care delivery in…

Ohio Department of Mental Health

Each year, Ohio’s community mental health systems provide services to more than 260,000 people, including 75,000 adults who are disabled by severe mental illness and 70,000 children with emotional disorders. More information at the…

Ohio HIPAA information

Describes what the State of Ohio is doing to comply with requirements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability…

Ohio Medicaid

The federal and state funded program for low income…

State of Ohio Department of Insurance Homepage

The State of Ohio’s department of insurance provides official information all types of…

OH advocacy resources

Health Freedom Coalition of Ohio

Dedicated to passing laws in Ohio that will protect the consumer’s right to choose their own healthcare practitioner and…

Single Payer Action Network Ohio – SPAN Ohio

A statewide coalition of organizations and individuals in Ohio seeking fundamental health care reform in our state and country so that every resident is guaranteed full and comprehensive…

Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio

UHCAN Ohio’s mission is to achieve high quality, accessible, affordable health care for all…

Ohio health insurance companies

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Celtic Ins. Co.
Companion Life Insurance Company
Golden Rule
Kaiser Permanente of Ohio
Medical Mutual
SummaCare Inc of Ohio

Health insurance for OH individuals

Resources for those individuals seeking health care insurance in Ohio. If you are looking for Ohio Medicare, visit our site for health insurance over 65.